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Preschool

The Cheshire Community YMCAs Preschool Program is to be the premier childcare provider by offering a safe and nurturing environment in which children are encouraged to develop social skills through age appropriate curriculum. Our caring and well trained staff will provide the foundation for future school experience.

Preschool Handbook
Toilet Training Policy

Curriculum & Daily Activities

Children are taught through a center-based learning system, combining the use of the CT Department of Education’s Preschool Curriculum Framework and Creative Curriculum for Preschoolers as our guide. These approaches are based on the most recent educational research and are generally recognized as the standard practice for educating young children.

The core of our curriculum is to balance both teacher-directed and child-initiated learning, with an emphasis on responding to children’s learning styles and building on their strengths and interests. All of this is done through well-planned learning and activity centers including: Library (language), Blocks (construction), Music and Movement, Art, Sand & Water (sensory), Outdoor Learning, Cooking, Science and Math.

Each group has a defined, age-appropriate curriculum. Daily summaries are usually posted outside the classrooms. Teachers have detailed plans for each day.

Each day brings new learning opportunities as children are provided a framework within which they will make both self directed and guided choices. The main difference between the programs listed below is the amount of curriculum time the program allows to reach curriculum goals and observe a child’s progress.

Preschool: Our preschool program is a state licensed program and is located in the secure and stimulating environment of our YMCA Learning Center.

We have several schedule options designed to suit every family.

We offer a full day with care beginning at 7am and ending at 6pm. Schedule options are M-F (Free Family Membership included), MWF or TTH.

We also offer a half day option from 9am to 1pm. Schedule options are M-F, MWF or TTH.

Teachers focus on social, emotional, creative, physical and cognitive skills. We follow the CT Preschool Framework curriculum. Children must be 3 years old by December 31st for a fall start. Additional enrichment opportunities may include physical education, gymnastics and field trips. Children must be fully toilet trained and out of pull-ups.

For more information on our Early Childhood programs at the Southington YMCA please contact Contact Marcia Arneson, Early Childhood Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.